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Sinclair College

2022 - 2023 Catalog Year
Health Information Management (Part-time)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Division: Health Sciences

Health Sciences degree programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The limited enrollment courses are offered during the technical portion of the program that includes clinical, practicum, or professional practice experience. The technical section of a program has restrictions on the number of students that may start the limited enrollment courses each term (or year), based on space availability and accreditor guidelines, for example, objective quantitative factors.

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)
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Description:

The first course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include introductory terminology, biochemistry, cytology, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system and the endocrine system. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 and MAT 0050 or MAT 1120 or MAT 1130

Description: Basic prefixes, roots and suffixes; terminology including anatomic, diagnostic, symptomatic, procedural, eponymic terms and standard abbreviations required for a working knowledge and understanding of the language of medicine.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

Description: Introduces students to personal computer concepts including hardware, system software, application software, and the Internet. Learn the components of computer systems and develop a broad understanding of computer hardware and emerging technologies. Students will be introduced to Office application software (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases,) and specific features of those applications for medical reports, narrating presentations, Autofilters, form creation and software integration will be applied.

 

Term hours subtotal:

8

Spring Semester (First Year)
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Description: The second course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include the cardiovascular system, the lymphoid system, immunity, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: BIO 1121

Description:

Foundations of health information management, the Health Information Management profession, including health care systems and organization of HIM functions, data quality, access and retention, patient and healthcare data and data collection methodologies. Discussion of classification systems, clinical vocabularies and nomenclatures. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Fall and Spring Only

Prerequisites: HIM 1101

Description: An overview of the major drug classifications, common drugs in each class, conditions for which drugs are administered and their general effects to assist medical coders in analyzing health care documentation for coding and reimbursement applications.

Prerequisites: HIM 1101 and BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141

Description: Evaluation of health care records as legal documents; special emphasis on policies and procedures concerning release of medical information and protecting patient confidentiality; principles and organization of the judicial system; health care fraud and abuse and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. Ethical issues in health care settings addressed. One classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Fall and Spring Only

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

 

Term hours subtotal:

9

Summer Semester (First Year)
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Description: Pathological changes associated with the most commonly occurring diseases of each body system. Correlates changes with patient's response, diagnostic studies, and treatment modalities.

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141

Description: Solve health science applications; convert within and between metric, household and apothecary systems; read and interpret health science labels and graphs; calculate and apply statistical concepts; solve problems involving parenteral, pediatric and/or intravenous administration and dosage calculations. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Notes: Choose from MAT 1130 or Any Mathematics, Statistics & Logic elective from the approved Ohio Transfer 36 List. View electives at: http://www.sinclair.edu/transfer/gened/module/

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or Other (Satisfactory score on math placement test)

 

Term hours subtotal:

6

Fall Semester (Second Year)
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Notes: Choose from PSY 1100 or SOC 1101

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Summer and Fall Only.

 

Term hours subtotal:

9

Spring Semester (Second Year)
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Description:

Organization and operation of a hospital cancer program emphasizing registry case finding, accession, indexing, abstracting and follow-up of cancer data. Purposes, uses and handling of health information, departmental and facility administration, licensing and accreditation requirements and introduction to payment systems in long-term care and home health care. Note: HIM 1201 may be taken concurrently.

Notes: Fall and Spring Only

Prerequisites: HIM 1110 and HIM 1201

Description:

Introduction to principles, guidelines and conventions for assigning ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes and CPT procedure codes to patient encounters for physician services. Additional out-of-class assignments are required.

Prerequisites: HIM 1101 and BIO 1121

 

Term hours subtotal:

7

Summer Semester (Second Year)
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Description: Exploration of the development, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships. The focus is on effective verbal and nonverbal interactions between two people, highlighting methods of initiating and maintaining effective communication with, and understanding of, others through learning and applying interpersonal communication theory.

Notes: Communication elective: Choose from COM 2206 or COM 2211

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

Description: An in-depth look at the use of information systems technology in the health care delivery system. Includes information security, electronic clinical systems and health records. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Spring and Summer Only

Prerequisites: HIM 1110

 

Term hours subtotal:

6

Fall Semester (Third Year)
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Description:

Introduction to principles, guidelines and conventions for assigning ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes and CPT procedure codes to patient encounters for outpatient facility services. Students should possess proficiency in basic medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology. Additional out-of-class assignments are required. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: HIM 1201 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Organization of health care delivery system including managed care and capitation. Theory and use of reimbursement systems such as Diagnostic Related Groups, Ambulatory Payment Classifications, Resource-based Relative Value Scale. Discussion of data flow from admission to billing and analysis of casemix. In addition, other external forces, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Recovery Audit Contractors, will be discussed. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Fall Only

Prerequisites: HIM 1110 and HIM 1201

Description: Planning, organizing, staffing, budgeting and analysis of management systems along with job standards and performance evaluations emphasizing development of supervisory management, leadership and communication skills. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: HIM 1110 and BIS 1221

 

Term hours subtotal:

10

Spring Semester (Third Year)
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Description:

Introduction to principles and coding conventions for using ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS for coding inpatient records. Students should possess proficiency in medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology. Additional out-of-class assignments are required. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: HIM 2110 and Restricted to Majors

Description: A variety of specially designed projects, student oral presentations, case studies, simulations, interviewing, resumes and two mock accreditation exams. Two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: HIM 2145 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Practical application of health information management processes, including health information retrieval, qualitative and quantitative analysis of health data, record completion by practitioners, release of health information, document scanning, revenue cycle functions, coding, statistical reporting, hospital-wide and HIM department quality improvement and various other registries and department functions utilizing medical data. Ten directed-practice hours per week at an approved off-site location.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: Approval of Department

 

Term hours subtotal:

7

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.